For most drivers, parking their vehicle is second nature. In other words, not a lot of thought goes into the process. That said, there are a few ways you can make parking even easier, or more importantly avoid any damages to your car. It starts with a few precautions which are fairly easy to put into action.
The first thing you want to consider is where you are parking your vehicle. The idea is that you want to avoid parking your vehicle near older vehicles or vehicles that are already damaged. That applies to a regular parking lot where parking next to newer vehicles should help avoid any dings to your doors.
When parallel parking, avoid parking too close to the other vehicles, especially the one in front of you as it may not have a backup camera and the owner of that vehicle may just decide to use your vehicle’s bumper as a guide.
When you are parking on a hill, there are also precautions you can take. For example, you should put on the emergency brake, and also you should angle your wheels towards the side of the road so that it won’t roll away if the brake should fail.
Finally, backing into a parking spot is actually easier because the car will rotate around the rear wheels, thus helping you cut the approach angles. Moreover, it will be easier to leave your parking spot.
Thank you to Volvo Metro West for their help with this article.